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2 Hillside Cottages
Carbis Bay

£436 - £1147 per week

This lovingly renovated mid-terrace stone cottage built c.1821 offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday as a small family or a couple's retreat. Situated a few steps below the main road into St Ives and perched high above Carbis Bay, 2 Hillside is a surprisingly quiet, characterful but contemporary home with traditional hardwood sash windows and doors, vintage radiators, original granite fireplace, slate flooring throughout the ground floor and an eclectic mix of stylish furniture in keeping with coastal living. A well-equipped kitchen with AEG appliances, granite worktops and handmade wall tiles complement the bistro style dining area. The back door leads directly onto a spacious, sunny deck with uninterrupted sea views across to Gwithian Towans and Godrevy Lighthouse. An array of outdoor furniture lends itself to al fresco dining or lounging back with your favourite book and East facing terraced gardens lead down to the lower deck, perfect for sun worshippers. For early birds the sunrises are not to be missed. Returning inside, carpeted stairs lead to a light and airy master bedroom with original floorboards and once again with lovely sea views. Off the landing is a good size modern shower room and to the front a compact but comfortable and tastefully furnished single bedroom.

The cottage includes an allocated parking space to the front of its garage which is situated up a short lane across the main road. Carbis Bay, a designated Blue Flag' beach, is a five-minute walk down through the steep wooded valley below the cottage where you can walk barefoot along the golden sands, hang out in the beach bar and restaurant, or hire wetsuits, paddle boards, surfboards and kayaks. Be aware the trek back up is considerably more challenging. St Ives is a 25-minute walk along the stunning coastal path where you can explore a wide range of independent shops, restaurants and art galleries, surrounded by more award-winning sandy beaches catering for both young families and seasoned surfers. A regular rail and bus service is available for the return journey home and promises spectacular views along the way.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2



entrance gate, 9 external steps down to private yard, front door to porch with console table leading to:

Kitchen/dining/sitting room

leather sofa, armchair, Smart TV, dining table with four chairs, fridge/freezer, electric hob and oven, dishwasher, washing machine, sea views. Stairs leading to bedrooms and door to:

Decking area

parasol, table and three chairs, 11 steps down to the garden terraces, 8 steps down to the lower deck with parasol, 2 loungers and two chairs.

Bedroom 1

king size bed, sea views.

Shower room

large walk in shower, WC, basin and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 2

single bed.

Additional information

no children under the age of 11 years old due to the steep drop at the end of the garden, WiFi.


2 Hillside is a lovely traditional Cornish cottage, full of character. We loved the outside space which is excellent, providing great views over St ives bay. Parking around St Ives can be quite difficult so having a parking spot was a real bonus. The location is great for access to the beaches and St Ives along the coast path although the hills are a bit of a challenge but there is a bus stop nearby. Tesco is only a few minutes walk away as is the Cornish Arms. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would happily stay here again.

August 2022

Great location and wonderful views. I also needed to speak with Aspect Holidays, and received excellent service.

July 2022

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Holidays in Carbis Bay

If you’re looking for a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of St Ives, then consider Carbis Bay, offering a quieter location for guests. Enjoy outstanding views, relaxing on the golden sandy beach and walking the coastal path, which is perhaps the most beautiful stretch in the county.

Choose a holiday in Carbis Bay and you’ll be spoilt by endless views and a sweeping coastline. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, or walk the coastal path into St Ives. Located between Hayle and St Ives, you’ll be spoilt for places to visit, from endless golden beaches, to Cornish cafes and family attractions.

Top tip

Take a ride on the St Ives branch line, one the most picturesque train journeys in Britain!

Carbis Bay beach

A holiday in Carbis Bay means you’ll have one of the most beautiful beaches just a short walk away from your holiday cottage. With crystal-clear turquoise waters, enjoy swimming and other watersports, with kayaks and paddleboards available to hire from the watersports centre at the beach. You’ll also be in close proximity to the golden sandy beaches at Lelant and Hayle and the popular beaches in St Ives; you could try a different beach every day of the week!

Walks in Carbis Bay

Leave the car at home and take the 20 minute walk into St Ives, enjoying the views along the way. This gentle walk is a must at least once during your stay.

For nature lovers, the Steeple Woods Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife and plants. Relax and explore the forty acre space which overlooks St Ives.

For the more adventurous soul, the St Michael’s Way is a 12.5 mile trek starting at nearby Lelant, and finishing up at the stunning St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. If the walk back doesn’t seem too appealing, you can always ride the open-top bus all the way back!

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Tom Bawcock's Eve, Mousehole

Every year, the people of Mousehole celebrate the bravery of Tom Bawcock. Years ago, when the boats couldn't get out in the storms, the villages had no fish to eat. Tom dared to take his boat out and returned with enough fish to make a Star Gazey fish pie for the whole village.

23rd of December, 2024

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Montol Festival

Each year, the people of Penzance celebrate the Winter Solstice with a festival of Cornish tradition, torch processions, and dancing through the streets. It's a truly wonderful celebration. 

21st December 2024

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Penzance Literary Festival

Popular with visitors and locals alike, this exciting festival celebrates everything literary, including spoken, written, recited and sung word. Take part in the reading and writing discussions and activities and enjoy the many performances.

2nd - 6th July 2024

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea. 

31st December 2024

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St Ives Feast Day

Feast Day offers visitors the chance to witness, and even join in with, a centuries-old tradition. The Mayor 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into the crowd on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. 

5th February 2024

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Golowan Festival - Penzance

Golowan Festival is an annual arts event that celebrates local culture and community. This year the theme will be 'Back to the Future!

21st - 30th June 2024

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Mousehole Christmas Lights

Possibly the most well-known and popular Christmas Lights in the county, Moushole combines stunning displays against the backdrop of their gorgeous Cornish fishing harbour to bring real festive magic to all who visit at this special time of year. Read More >

December 2024

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

TBC 2025

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Porthleven Food & Music Festival

The small Cornish fishing village of Porthleven hosts its annual Food & Music Festival every April and encorporates street performers, a range of local produce, Samba dancing, theatre, beer marquees, hip-hop dancers, fireworks, Cornish singing & much, much mmore...the list is endless!

26th - 28th April

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St Ives September Festival

Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.

14th - 28th September 2024

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Camborne Trevithick Day

Join in the celebrations at this community led festival. The annual event celebrates the engineering and mining history of the Camborne area, and is dedicated to Richard Trevithick, pioneer of high pressure steam power & inventor of Road and Railway Locomotives.

27th April 2024

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St Ives

St Ives is a stunning seaside town that is only a 30 minute walk along the coastal path and easily reached through one of the most memorable and scenic train rides in the UK. The town is a thriving mixture of restaurants, galleries, quirky little shops, as well as brands we all recognise, and of course home to four stunning beaches. Spend a day exploring before retiring to Carbis Bay and relaxing in the comfort of your own home from home.

Paradise Park

Paradise Park is the perfect place for a day out with the kids. Home to over 650 birds including owls, flamingos and toucans, as well as an array of other wildlife, Paradise Park is only a few miles from Carbis Bay and hosts a variety of educational and fun events for children and adults alike to get involved with.

St Michael's Mount

Named as ‘the jewel in Cornwall’s crown’, St Michael’s Mount is a must-see on any visit to Cornwall. Take a short drive to the opposite coast and visit this famous landmark. Adventure across the cobbled causeway by foot at low tide, or climb aboard the ‘St Michael’ amphibious vehicle at high tide. Why not take a look at our live webcam of St Michael's Mount?

West Cornwall Golf Club

Considered one of the finest courses in Cornwall, almost every hole at West Cornwall Golf Club provides panoramic views of St Ives Bay. With a variety of weather conditions at different times of the year, your abilities are sure to be tested! You can even indulge in a well-deserved, post-round drink and meal at the clubhouse which overlooks the first tee. 


Visit Scarlet Wines in the nearby village of Lelant for a wide selection of locally sourced gourmet products. Perfect for a picnic at the beach or for stocking up supplies in your holiday cottage. 

With so much within easy reach of Carbis Bay, there will never be a dull moment whilst staying here.

What our guests say...

We know how important honest reviews are when it comes to booking your holiday. To help you choose the right property for you, we publish all reviews left by guests who have stayed here in the past, with the few exceptions stated in our Review Guidelines. Please bear in mind that some facilities referred to by past guests in reviews can be removed or changed at any time.

2 Hillside is a lovely traditional Cornish cottage, full of character. We loved the outside space which is excellent, providing great views over St ives bay. Parking around St Ives can be quite difficult so having a parking spot was a real bonus. The location is great for access to the beaches and St Ives along the coast path although the hills are a bit of a challenge but there is a bus stop nearby. Tesco is only a few minutes walk away as is the Cornish Arms. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would happily stay here again.

Great location and wonderful views. I also needed to speak with Aspect Holidays, and received excellent service.

Even though 2 Hillside Cottages is situated on the main road to Carbis Bay the noise from the traffic is minimal. The cottage itself has everything you need for an enjoyable stay. It is in easy reach of St Ives and there is a bus stop just round the corner. Would certainly stay there again.

Gorgeous period cottage with breathtaking sea views and spacious 2-level garden to enjoy these on. Fantastic location with Tesco superstore only 6 minutes by feet and Central St Ives - just under 30 minutes. Probably an all-time favourite - felt like home!

This cottage is an absolute "little gem" with an amazing view across the valley to the sea from the verandah. It has been very well designed to use the space to best advantage and tastefully furnished throughout. All equipment was in good working order.

With a Tesco just a few minutes walk away it was very easy to self-cater here. The cottage is perfectly located for exploring the area with St Ives and Hayle just a few miles away in either direction.

I expect we will stay here again!

Enjoyed our stay and walks into St Ives unfortunately some of the eateries need improvement!

Reply from Aspects Holidays

It is a shame to hear that you did not enjoy some of the restaurants/cafes here, as there are some fantastic places to eat in the town. The team would be happy to pass on some of our personal recommendations if you are ever returning. We are glad that you enjoyed your time at 2 Hillside Cottages though and hopefully we will see you back again. Tanya, Customer Services

2 Hillside is a great little cottage in Carbis Bay quite close to the beach however be prepared to give yourself a bit of a workout if you decide to walk to and from the beach on the adjacent footpath. We would definitely have used the seats had there been any. We stayed during a gloriously sunny week and enjoyed the 20 minute walk into St Ives to watch the sun go down over Porthmeor Beach.

Beautiful little Hideaway in a Fabulous location above Carbis Beach. Would highly recommend it is Furnished and equipped to a high standard with everything you need. Lovely sea glimpse from the Bedroom.

This cottage lived up to the expectations and would recommend to anyone thinking of booking however one or two minor points which owner could rectify at minimal cost 1 in the porch area a shoe rack and coat stand or hooks 2 A proper lock on the bathroom door 3 relocate towel rail in bathroom 4 outdoor light on decking area The above are positive negatives we had a lovely And relaxing time at this accommodation

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your helpful suggestions; we will certainly pass those on to the property owners for their consideration. We are glad that you had a great time here and that 2 Hillside Cottages was everything that you had hoped it would be. Tanya, Customer Services

Hillside is a beautiful cottage, cosy and inviting with stunning views across Carbis Bay. The owners have done a fantastic job of furnishing and decorating, we felt completely at home and everything felt as though it had been carefully chosen and really helped us to enjoy our stay. We both agreed that the bed was the comfiest we had slept in! Waking up to the sun rising over the bay was also a real plus point. Tesco and a Costcutter are within walking distance, as are a couple of takeaways and restaurants. We loved the walk into St Ives, the scenery is breathtaking! We had a fantastic week at Hillside and will definitely be back again.

Hillside Cottage was fantastic. We stayed here for 6 days. Weather was excellent. Able to park the car over the road 50 metres. Tesco is 2 minutes drive away. Turn out of the Cottage and turn left, after 30 metres turn left again and walk down the path and this takes you to the beach. Beautiful. There is also a path from here linking it to ST Ives The Cottage has everything you need.. We would definatley stay here again

Lovely quaint cottage..... decorated to a good standard..... Not suitable though for anyone with any walking difficulties..... My only real niggle was the fact it has no wardrobe......

The cottage is beautifully set out, really well thought out and a delight, a credit to the owners. The only drawback was the parking facility, driveway opening onto a blind bend and a very busy road.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are glad to hear that you liked 2 Hillside Cottage, and whilst the road is a little busy to pull out on, the availability of parking is a huge bonus in an area where many properties do not have this facility, so we hope that you found it helpful. Tanya, Customer Services

Comfortable cottage with lovely sea view Situated in convenient position near amenities Can walk to beach or easy travel to St Ives on train Watch out for busy road, quite difficult to cross when going to car park.

Hillside Cottage is a little gem. Restored to a very good standard, this 200 year old building provides a comfortable and relaxing holiday accommodation. We enjoyed the outside area: wonderful view towards Porth Kidney beach from the back patio and the lower decking area give shelter for relaxing on a sun lounger. The location is perfect for beaches and a stroll not St Ives.

An excellent newly refurbished cottage ( believe we are the first guests ) in a great location for walking to Carbis bay, 5-10 mins or St Ives 30 mins via costal path, slightly less main road. Be prepared to burn some calories walking back from Carbis bay beach! Regular buses from outside the property some open top to St Ives, Penzance and lands end, the St Ives train station is 5ish mins walk and £1 one way £2 return. The cottage is very comfortable the standard of fittings etc. Very good, there is a smart TV and WiFi , kitchen well fitted with all you need including microwave, washing machine, oven electric ceramic hob, and dishwasher, there are 2 levels to the rear of the property with a great view of the bay, top deck with parasol chairs and table steps lead down to a lovely relaxing area with 2 wooden loungers. The view from the rear bedroom window Is spectacular With the sun rising early morning 5 am when we were there - was a must every day - the sun sets to the front of the property casting beautiful sunlight to the front bedroom. There is plenty of draw storage and hanging hooks for clothes. For those wanting to eat in the Tesco is a 5 min walk, there is an excellent Italian tapas style restaurant within walking distance that does take away as well and becks fish and chips Close by both eat in and take away, we also tried the Chinese delivery service from the St Ives restaurant and that was very good and arrived on time Bear in mind the cottage is on a very busy road, it’s not at all noisy but crossing the road to the car park area opposite can be a challenge and is best attempted by walking down the road a little to the left before crossing - the entrance to where the car is parked is on a bend again when pulling out advice is to turn left rather than right We loved our week at the cottage and will defiantly return , such a wonderful area plenty to Do and explore. Nigel & Wendy Lockley